Greetings from Capt. Dave & BAYMEN!
On board today, regulars Gary Condon and Greg Powers who have been fishing with me for years. At first light, overcast, high tide, SSW wind, water temps 74 at the dock and 69 out in the bay.
Today was Baymen Jig Day. This is my own jig I designed many years ago and had it commercially tied and sold in all the tackle shops up and down the coast. We fished TFO 8-17 and 10-20lb rods and 1 oz Baymen Jigs in olive/pink/white with black threads, a peacock for back dressing, and a touch of red for the gill. It is deadly! (Same color scheme as my Baymen Universal Fly pattern we use for fly fishing).
First spot of the morning we found fish on the first drift in 13 fow. Fish stacked up on bait. We dropped out jigs on top of them and WHAM! GAME ON! Many double hook-ups on many drifts over these fish for nearly two hours. They were crushing the jig and Gary and Greg had the pop and drop technique down to a science. We landed 5 keepers in the mix, two over slot, and three that were 28″ – just under 31″ inches. The fish finally moved out with the tide and we moved on.
Next spot, first drift WHAM! Greg hooks into a nice over slot keeper that was released. A few more drifts and a few small fish and then it was on to spot #3.
We landed one fish and and had several bumps on the jigs in a nice, long drift with the SW chop and white-caps at our back. We then moved down the drift and tried several more spots without another hook-uip.
Total catch and release today was 19 fish, 6 of them keepers and two fish over slot. All fish were landed on Baymen Jigs using the pop and drop technique.
I got to mention Gary and Greg met me at the boat with hot coffee and muffins. Then, after fishing, we drifted and had a full brunch with beverages, subs with all the fixings, chips, and for desert cream puffs filled with real whipped cream. I could barely move trying to walk up the boat ramp at the end of the charter LOL… :o) Thanks guys, what a fun morning on the bay!
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